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Mabton gets league win despite flat play

LYLE - Despite an 11-point victory over league foe Lyle this past Friday night, Mabton Coach Mike Roettger said his team continues to play flat and play down to the level of their competition.

"It's all focus," he said of his team's 41-30 Greater Columbia B League win.

Though his team won by double-digits, he said it could have and should have been a lot bigger win.

Mabton shot just 19-of-68 from the field and blew 25 lay-ups, Roettger said.

"It's frustrating," he said.

His team was just going through the motions and missing easy shots, Roettger said.

For the Vikings, Anna Montelongo led the scoring with a game-high 13 points.

She also pulled down 12 boards to complete a double-double.

Erica Sanchez had 10 points and six steals for the Vikings.

Roettger said he thinks part of his team's problem is that the players have never been in this position before.

"We're afraid to succeed," he said.

If his team is going to make the District tournament, it's going to have to win the games they're capable of winning, he said. That means taking care of schools like Lyle and Bickleton.

"We gotta take care of the ones we're supposed to," Roettger said.

His team also needs to beat Riverside Christian, he said, to avoid a mini-playoff and secure the third spot in league and an automatic berth to the District tournament.

"We've got to quit playing down to our competition," he said.

Anna Jimenez had 9 points for Mabton, Alida Mendoza dropped in 5 points, Regina Palomarez had 2 and Adriana Cardenas had 2 points in the Viking victory.

The win puts the Vikings (5-2, 11-3) firmly in third place in the Yakima Division of the Greater Columbia B League. The top three teams earn automatic bids to the District tournament.

The Vikings host league-leading LaSalle Tuesday night.

Roettger said his team will likely get up for that game.

"We'll come ready to play," Roettger said.

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